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General Information

Name:  Richard Mohr  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1950



Illinois Connection

Mohr graduated from the University of Chicago in 1972 and is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Mohr is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1972 and earned his PhD at the University of Toronto in 1977. His first writing was on pottery and the arts. Since the mid-80s, Mohr’s writing has mostly been on social issues affecting gay Americans. His work on social policy has also been published in magazines and newspapers, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate, Christopher Street, The Nation, Reason magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.

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Titles At Your Library

Platonic Cosmology (Philosophia antiqua)
ISBN: 9004072322

Brill Academic Pub. 1985

ISBN: 0231067356

Columbia University Press. 1988

-- The Advocate

Gay Ideas: Outing and Other Controversies
ISBN: 0807079200

Beacon Pr. 1992

Examines the moral dilemmas facing the gay community, presenting an ethical argument for outing, a critique of ACT UP, and a discussion of such issues as homophobia, repression, and democracy

A More Perfect Union
ISBN: 0807079332

Beacon Press. 1995

America is at a turning point: energetic debate on gay issues is now becoming a part of America's public life. Gays may no longer be invisible, but the nation's long silence on gay subjects has left a void in serious thinking about the place of gay men and lesbians in American society.

Pottery, Politics, Art: George Ohr and the Brothers Kirkpatrick
ISBN: 0252074653

University of Illinois Press. 2007

Understanding the passions fueling three of America's most provocative potters

Pottery, Politics, Art uses the medium of clay to explore the nature of spectacle, bodies, and boundaries. The book analyzes the sexual and social obsessions of three of America's most intense potters, artists who used the liminal potentials of clay to explore the horrors and delights of our animal selves.

The book revives from undeserved obscurity the far-southern Illinois potting brothers Cornwall and Wallace Kirkpatrick (1814-90, 1828-96) and examines the significance of the haunting, witty, and grotesque wares of the brothers' Anna Pottery (1859-96). The book then traces the Kirkpatricks' decisive influence on a central figure in the American arts and crafts movement, George Ohr (1857-1918), known as "the Mad Potter of Biloxi" and arguably America's greatest potter. Finally, the book gives a new reading to Ohr's contorted yet lyrical and ecstatic works. Abundant full-color and black-and-white photographs illustrate this remarkable art, with images of many Kirkpatrick and Ohr works being published here for the first time.

God and Forms in Plato
ISBN: 1930972016

Parmenides Publishing. 2005

Explores the formation of the cosmos and its relationship to God as indicated in the works of Plato. Original.

The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality, and Rights
ISBN: 0231135211

Columbia University Press. 2007

Engaging the whole spectrum of public-policy issues affecting gays and lesbians from a humanistic and philosophical approach, Richard Mohr uses the tools of his trade to assess the logic and ethics of gay rights. Focusing on ideas and values, Mohr's nuanced case for legal and social acceptance applies widely held ethical principles to various issues, including same-sex marriage, AIDS, and gays in the military. By drawing on cultural-, legal-, and ethical-based arguments, Mohr moves away from tired political rhetoric and reveals the important ways in which the struggle for gay rights and acceptance relates to mainstream American society, history, and political life.Mohr forcefully counters moralistic and religious arguments regularly invoked to keep gay men and women from achieving the same rights as heterosexuals. He examines the nature of prejudices and other cultural forces that work against lesbian and gay causes and considers the role that sexuality plays in the national rituals by which Americans define themselves. In his support of same-sex marriage, Mohr defines matrimony as the development and maintenance of intimacy through the means by which people meet their basic needs and carry out their everyday living. Mohr contends that this definition, in both its legal and moral sense, applies equally to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Mohr also considers gays and lesbians as community members as he explores the prospect for greater legal and social inclusion. He concludes by suggesting that recent progress in addressing civil rights for gays and lesbians and the nation's symbolic use of gay issues on both sides of the political spectrum calls for a culturally focused gay politics.


-- Gay Ideas: Outings and Other Controversies

Lambda Literary Award Editor's Choice